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Corey Chambas: President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc.

Corey Chambas, President & CEO of First Business Financial Services, Inc. is a featured blogger for IBMadison.com. Corey has over 25 years experience working with local businesses. He currently serves as a director of several of First Business's companies, is a board member of M3 Insurance Solutions, an advisory board member of Bellbrook Labs and Aldine Capital Fund, and a member of the Strategic Issues Campaign Committee for the United Way of Dane County.

Corey's recent blog postings are featured below.

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March 19, 2014

Topic: Management & Leadership

The Benefits of Being a Graybeard

I recently grew a beard for the first time since my freshman year in college. Back when I was 18, it was dark. This time it came in salt and pepper — okay, mainly salt. So I’m literally a graybeard. I’m sure you’ve heard the term. Someone experienced, seasoned, been around the block. It’s not all good getting old — just ask my achy knee, hip, or shoulder — but there are some benefits to being a graybeard.

By definition, it means you’ve been around for a while. Which also means — assuming you haven’t been a jerk — that …

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January 13, 2014

Topic: Management & Leadership

Management by Fear and Intimidation, It Works…

I just finished reading Inferno, by Dan Brown, and a line which is something like: Only one form of contagion travels faster than a virus - and that is fear. It got stuck in my head and caused me to think about how fear plays out in business. This definitely relates to the psychology of the individual investor and the stock market , which is alternatively driven by either greed or fear (“I’m missing out and I’ve got to get in” when it has gone up, or “I’ve got to get out,” when it has gone down.). But it also made me think about fear and intimidation …

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December 16, 2013

Topic: Management & Leadership

Don't Make Assumptions - The Key to Communication

My favorite philosophy type book is “The Four Agreements.” It discusses four basic principles to live by, one being: Don’t Make Assumptions. I’m sure you’ve seen this happen in both work and in personal relationships; someone meaning no ill will make an assumption which then creates a misunderstanding. Due to the confusion, someone’s feelings end up being hurt, and it may even escalate into a major conflict. It happens all the time, including to me.

I can remember working on a big initiative, purposely taking time at a staff meeting to explain what it …

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